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What I Read This
Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright
This is a cute picture book about sharing and thinking of others. Love Monster knows he should share his chocolates with his friends, but does not want to risk that someone will eat his favorite - the double chocolate strawberry swirl. When Love Monster is about to open the box and have the chocolates all for himself he gets a "queasy-squeezy feeling in his heart" which changes everything. My students enjoyed the first book about Love Monster and think he is just the cutest. I think they will enjoy this one just as much, if not more.
Bunny vs. Monkey by Jamie Smart
In this graphic text, scientists attempt to send Monkey into space, but instead he ends up in Bunny's peaceful forest. Monkey decides to take over the woods, but there is a gang of forest friends who are determined to defend their home. The battles between the evil Monkey and the other animals involve silly, often ridiculous, antics that many young readers will find hilarious. Each page of the text is filled with detailed, bright illustrations. Although I don't love the plot of this book, I think many readers will and it will be a frequently-borrowed book in my graphic novel collection.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
This chapter book for middle grade readers is one that will pull at your heart strings. It is about friendship, loyalty, and learning to survive and to let go. Peter must return his pet fox, Pax, to the wild and move in with his grandfather when his father joins the army. Soon after being separated, both the boy and his fox begin a search to find each other. The chapters alternate between telling Peter's story as he runs away from his grandfather's and Pax's story as he discovers the wild. The impact of war is an issue that runs throughout the book. The story illustrates the heartwarming bond that can exist between humans and animals.